Thursday, 16 September 2010


Always worth keeping a list of independant publishers. These are London based and called MACK.

MACK is an independent publishing house focusing on working with artists, writers and curators to realise intellectually challenging projects in book form, ranging from sumptuous physical objects to ground-breaking digital editions.

Our first project is a collaboration with Thomas Demand and Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. La Carte d'apres Nature takes its title from a short-lived art magazine created by René Magritte and adopts the free association of ideas Margritte applied. Demand selected work by eighteen artists connected by two ideas: tamed nature and Surrealism as an artistic form influenced by Magritte. The book, designed by Thomas Demand and Naomi Misuzaki, combines the wide range of works into an elaborate exploration of the disjuncture between the representation of art and the representation itself. Christy Lange's engaging essay traces this idea that a representation of nature is always a simulacrum through the work of the different artists, for example, relating the Surrealist resonance of Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri's 'impossible landscapes' to Margritte's playful canvases and Demand's photographs of his paper sculptures. Texts by Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Luigi Ghirri and Thomas Demand are threaded through the segue of images and the object is completed with a separate book in an envelope, a facsimile of a Luigi Ghirri manuscript for a small book of photographs.


@GillMPhoto said...

Did you see this Mark? Saw it on Flak Photo t'other day.
The Indie Photobook Library (iPL) was founded in 2010 by Larissa Leclair. It is an archive that strives to preserve and showcase self-published photobooks, photobooks independently published and distributed, photography exhibition catalogs, print-on-demand photobooks, artist books, zines, photobooks printed on newsprint, limited edition photobooks, and non-English language photography books to be seen in person through traveling exhibitions and as a non-circulating public library.

mark page said...

No Gill I didn't I'll check it out. Also going to take a look at some of your wealth of projects you have on the go!

@GillMPhoto said...

Thanks Mark, much appreciate that, you're a good 'un.